Saturday, 24 March 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie

As the original post said, "Who could resist the combo?" We we certainly couldn't. It looks and sounds delicious!!

The process did not start out on the right foot for me. Put parchment paper in a greased pan, then re-grease the pan?  Why not just grease the pan?  I did as i was told and put parchment paper in the pan, and made quite a mess of it, BUT it was done.  Next oopsie, I didn't have unsweetened chocolate for the brownies, only semi-sweet. No biggie. Oh, and I didn't have light brown sugar packed, so I used a medium brown sugar. Another no biggie.

While these treats look delicious, they did not have the wow factor that I expected.  Maybe my expectations were too high, or maybe my substitutions were the cause.  Either way, it was not the dessert I had in mind.  The brownie was not chocolatey enough for me, and it was not as moist as I typically like my brownies.  The cookie dough you could taste the butter and sugar.  It still had that sugary crunch. Maybe I should have whipped the butter and sugar together a little more.  The Ganache topping, well that was delightful and tasty.  Although, mine needs to be refrigerated to keep the topping solid.

I still think the idea of these brownies is fantastic.  My suggestion would be to use your favorite brownie recipe, and your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough recipe.  Go ahead and use the Ganache, its tasty and looks nice too ;-)

Here is a picture of my brownies, followed by the original recipe....

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies...adapted from Recipe Girl

Brownie layer:
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour

Cookie dough layer:
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Ganache topping:
6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup cream

Preheat oven to 325ยบ.  Grease 9 x 13 pan and line with parchment paper lengthwise with a slight overhang on each side.  Grease parchment.  Set aside.
Make brownie layer. Melt chocolate in the microwave using 30 second increments, stirring until melted and smooth.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and brown sugar till well mixed.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Mix in melted chocolate. Stir in flour; don't over mix.  Spread into prepared pan.  Bake 25-35 minutes or till toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool.

Make cookie dough. With an electric mixer combine butter and both sugars.  Mix in milk and vanilla; stir in flour.  Add chocolate chips and mix to combine.  Spread over cooled brownie layer.  Cool till firm (can freeze to hurry along process).

Make ganache. Melt remaining chocolate and cream together in microwave, stopping at 30 second intervals to stir till smooth and chocolate is melted.  Spread over dough layer. Chill for easier cutting.  You may pull the whole batch out with the parchment to cut or just cut pieces from pan.

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